NURS 6650 Week 1: Legal and Ethical Considerations for Group and Family Therapy

NURS 6650 Week 1: Legal and Ethical Considerations for Group and Family Therapy

Week 1: Legal and Ethical Considerations for Group and Family Therapy

Members of a cohesive group feel warmth and comfort in the group and a sense of belongingness; they value the group and feel in turn that they are valued, accepted, and supported by other members.

—Irvin D. Yalom, The Theory and Practice of Group Psychotherapy

Laureate Education (Producer). (2017). Introduction to psychotherapy with groups and families [Video file]. Baltimore, MD: Author.

 

Note: The approximate length of this media piece is 2 minutes.

 

Group and family therapy offers a unique sense of community and support that may not be achieved through other therapeutic approaches. As you help clients effect change within themselves, they are able to in turn help others within the group change. Although many clients thrive in this environment, it is important to recognize that group and family therapy is not appropriate for everyone. Like any other therapeutic approach, group and family therapy has limitations that must be considered.

This week, as you begin exploring group and family therapy, you examine legal and ethical considerations of this therapeutic approach. You also prepare for your practicum experience by examining counseling theories and developing goals to guide your practice. NURS 6650 Week 1: Legal and Ethical Considerations for Group and Family Therapy


Learning Resources

Note: To access this week’s required library resources, please click on the link to the Course Readings List, found in the Course Materials section of your Syllabus.

Required Readings

Wheeler, K. (Ed.). (2014). Psychotherapy for the advanced practice psychiatric nurse: A how-to guide for evidence-based practice. New York, NY: Springer.

  • Chapter 11, “Group Therapy” (pp. 407–428)

Nichols, M. (2014). The essentials of family therapy (6th ed.). Boston, MA: Pearson.

  • Chapter 1, “The Foundations of Family Therapy” (pp. 1–6)
  • Chapter 2, “The Evolution of Family Therapy” (pp. 7–28)

Khawaja, I. S., Pollock, K., & Westermeyer, J. J. (2011). The diminishing role of psychiatry in group psychotherapy: A commentary and recommendations for change. Innovations in Clinical Neuroscience, 8(11), 20–23. Retrieved from http://innovationscns.com/

Note: You will access this article from the Walden Library databases.

Koukourikos, K., & Pasmatzi, E. (2014). Group therapy in psychotic inpatients. Health Science Journal, 8(3), 400–408. Retrieved from http://www.hsj.gr/medicine/group-therapy-in-psychotic-inpatients.php?aid=2644

Note: You will access this article from the Walden Library databases.

Lego, S. (1998). The application of Peplau’s theory to group psychotherapy. Journal of Psychiatric & Mental Health Nursing, 5(3), 193–196. doi:10.1046/j.1365-2850.1998.00129.x

Note: You will access this article from the Walden Library databases.

Document: Practicum Journal Template (Word document)

Document: Midterm Exam Study Guide (Word document)

Document: Final Exam Study Guide (Word document)

Required Media

Laureate Education (Producer). (2015). Microskills: Family counseling techniques 1 [Video file]. Baltimore, MD: Author. NURS 6650 Week 1: Legal and Ethical Considerations for Group and Family Therapy.

 

Note: The approximate length of this media piece is 32 minutes.

 

Laureate Education (Producer). (2015). Microskills: Family counseling techniques 2 [Video file]. Baltimore, MD: Author.

 

Note: The approximate length of this media piece is 32 minutes.

 

Laureate Education (Producer). (2015). Microskills: Family counseling techniques 3 [Video file]. Baltimore, MD: Author.

 

Note: The approximate length of this media piece is 24 minutes.

 

Sommers, G., Feldman, S., & Knowlton, K. (Producers). (2008a). Legal and ethical issues for mental health professionals, volume 1: Confidentiality, privilege, reporting, and duty to warn [Video file]. Mill Valley, CA: Psychotherapy.net.

 

Note: You will access this media from the Walden Library databases. The approximate length of this media piece is 140 minutes.

Optional Resources

Sommers, G., Feldman, S., & Knowlton, K. (Producers). (2008b). Legal and ethical issues for mental health professionals, volume 2: Dual relationships, boundaries, standards of care and termination [Video file]. Mill Valley, CA: Psychotherapy.net. NURS 6650 Week 1: Legal and Ethical Considerations for Group and Family Therapy

Note: You will access this media from the Walden Library databases. The approximate length of this media piece is 191 minutes.

Considering the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPPA), the idea of discussing confidential information with a patient in front of an audience is probably quite foreign to you. However, in group and family therapy, this is precisely what the psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner does. In your role, learning how to provide this type of therapy within the limits of confidentiality is essential. For this Discussion, consider how limited confidentiality and other legal and ethical considerations might impact therapeutic approaches for clients in group and family therapy.

Learning Objectives

Students will:
  • Compare legal and ethical considerations for group and family therapy to legal and ethical considerations for individual therapy
  • Analyze the impact of legal and ethical considerations on therapeutic approaches for clients in group and family therapy
  • Recommend strategies to address legal and ethical considerations for group and family therapy

To prepare:

  • Review this week’s Learning Resources and consider the insights they provide on group and family therapy.
  • View the media, Legal and Ethical Issues for Mental Health Professions, Volume I, and reflect on legal and ethical considerations for group and family therapy and individual therapy. NURS 6650 Week 1: Legal and Ethical Considerations for Group and Family Therapy

Note: For this Discussion, you are required to complete your initial post before you will be able to view and respond to your colleagues’ postings. Begin by clicking on the Post to Discussion Question link and then select Create Thread to complete your initial post. Remember, once you click submit, you cannot delete or edit your own posts, and you cannot post anonymously. Please check your post carefully before clicking Submit!

By Day 3

Post an explanation of how legal and ethical considerations for group and family therapy differ from those for individual therapy. Then, explain how these differences might impact your therapeutic approaches for clients in group and family therapy. Support your rationale with evidence-based literature. NURS 6650 Week 1: Legal and Ethical Considerations for Group and Family Therapy.

By Day 6

Respond to at least two of your colleagues by suggesting strategies to address the legal and ethical considerations your colleagues discussed. Support your responses with evidence-based literature.

Submission and Grading Information

Grading Criteria

To access your rubric:

Week 1 Discussion Rubric

Post by Day 3 and Respond by Day 6

To participate in this Discussion:

Week 1 Discussion


Assignment 1: Practicum – Week 1 Journal Entry

As a future advanced practice nurse, it is important that you are able to connect your classroom experience to your practicum experience. By applying the concepts you study in the classroom to clinical settings, you enhance your professional competency. Each week, you complete an Assignment that prompts you to reflect on your practicum experiences and relate them to the material presented in the classroom. This week, you begin documenting your practicum experiences in your Practicum Journal. NURS 6650 Week 1: Legal and Ethical Considerations for Group and Family Therapy.

Note: Be sure to use the Practicum Journal Template, located in this week’s Learning Resources.

Learning Objectives

Students will:
  • Analyze nursing and counseling theories to guide practice in psychotherapy*
  • Summarize goals and objectives for personal practicum experiences*
  • Produce timelines for practicum activities*

* The Assignment related to this Learning Objective is introduced this week and submitted in Week 3.

In preparation for this course’s practicum experience, address the following in your Practicum Journal:

  • Select one nursing theory and one counseling theory to best guide your practice in psychotherapy.
    Note: For guidance on nursing and counseling theories, refer to this week’s Learning Resources.
  • Explain why you selected these theories. Support your approach with evidence-based literature.
  • Develop at least three goals and at least three objectives for the practicum experience in this course.
  • Create a timeline of practicum activities based on your practicum requirements.
  • NURS 6650 Week 1: Legal and Ethical Considerations for Group and Family Therapy

By Day 7 of Week 4

Submit your Assignment.


Assignment 2: Board Vitals

This week you will be responding to twenty Board Vitals questions that cover a broad review of your Nurse Practitioner program courses up to this point.

These review questions will provide practice that is critical in your preparation for the national certification exam that’s required to certify you to practice as a nurse practitioner. These customized test questions are designed to help you prepare for your Nurse Practitioner certification exam. It is in your best interest to take your time, do your best, and answer each question to the best of your ability. NURS 6650 Week 1: Legal and Ethical Considerations for Group and Family Therapy

You can access Board Vitals through the link sent to you in email or by following the link below:

https://www.boardvitals.com/

By Day 7

Complete the Board Vitals questions.


Making Connections

Now that you have:

  • Explored legal and ethical considerations for group and family therapy
  • Prepared for your practicum experience by examining counseling theories and developing goals to guide your practice

Next week, you will:

  • Explore family assessment and therapy as you assess client families presenting for psychotherapy
  • Develop diagnoses for clients receiving family psychotherapy and consider legal and ethical implications of counseling these clients

Looking Ahead 1: Didactic Assignments

Week 3 Discussion: In a 3- to 5-minute Kaltura video, you will discuss a client family you have observed and/or counseled during your practicum experience. Be sure to make arrangements with your preceptor so you can fulfill the requirements of the Discussion. Refer to the Week 3 Discussion for additional guidance.

Week 10 Discussion: In a 3- to 5-minute Kaltura video, you will discuss a child or adolescent group you have observed and/or counseled during your practicum experience. Be sure to make arrangements with your preceptor so you can fulfill the requirements of the Discussion. Refer to the Week 10 Discussion for additional guidance.

Week 11 Discussion: In a standard Discussion thread, you will discuss an older adult group you have observed and/or counseled during your practicum experience. Be sure to make arrangements with your preceptor so you can fulfill the requirements of the Discussion. Refer to the Week 11 Discussion for additional guidance. NURS 6650 Week 1: Legal and Ethical Considerations for Group and Family Therapy.


Looking Ahead 2: Practicum Assignments

Each week, you will complete practicum-related Assignments. It is highly recommended that you review the practicum assignments for Weeks 2–11 before Day 7 of Week 1. This will give you time to meet with your preceptor so that you can fulfill the requirements of each Assignment.

  • Week 2:You will write about two clients from a family you observed or counseled. (Assignment to be submitted by Day 7 of Week 4)
  • Week 3: You will complete a comprehensive client family assessment. (Assignment to be submitted by Day 7 of Week 4)
  • Week 5: You will write about two clients from a family you observed or counseled and explain whether solution-focused or cognitive behavioral therapy would be effective with the family. (Assignment to be submitted by Day 7 of Week 7). NURS 6650 Week 1: Legal and Ethical Considerations for Group and Family Therapy.
  • Week 7: You will write a progress note and privileged psychotherapy note for the client family you assessed in Week 3 for the comprehensive client family assessment. (Assignment to be submitted by Day 7 of Week 7.)
  • Week 8: You will write about two clients you observed or counseled during a group therapy session and explain whether cognitive behavioral therapy would be effective with the group. (Assignment to be submitted by Day 7 of Week 10)
  • Week 10: You will write about two clients you observed or counseled during a group therapy session for children and adolescents. (Assignment to be submitted by Day 7 of Week 10)
  • Week 10: You will write a client termination summary for a client who is ready to complete group therapy. (Assignment to be submitted by Day 7 of Week 11). NURS 6650 Week 1: Legal and Ethical Considerations for Group and Family Therapy
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